Why Republican businessman supports Claire McCaskill
The Kansas City Star
While talking to Kansas City businessman Warren Erdman a short while ago about a different topic, I asked him about his public support for Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Erdman served as chief of staff to now-retired U.S. Sen. Kit Bond before taking an executive job with Kansas City Southern in 1997. He also worked for John Ashcroft when he was Missouri governor . Those credentials make Erdman the marquis member so far of the fledgling “Republicans for Claire” caucus.
“I don’t agree with her on everything,” he said. “Philosophically I might disagree with her on something like how we lower the budget deficit.”
But McCaskill is pragmatic, a quality Erdman said he appreciates.
“Claire has impressed me as someone who will listen very carefully, and will consider different points of view,” he said. “When convinced, she’ll take a principled stand.”
He added, “As someone who worked 10 years in the Senate, I would like to see the art of governing re-established. What we need in the Senate is more skilled listeners. There’s no shortage of orators.”
Kit Bond, Erdman’s former boss, has sadly declared that he thinks the Senate would be better off if Missourians elect McCaskill’s opponent, Todd Akin, he of the Victorian views and extraordinary pronouncements. What Bond really means is that the Republican party might be better off, even if the price is turning Missouri into a national joke for the next six years.
People who honestly wish for a saner political climate should take their cue from Erdman. Of the two contenders, McCaskill is much more likely to listen, weigh the options and seek a consensus or compromise, crossing party lines if necessary. Seriously, if Akin was a good listener, Bond and the rest of the GOP establishment would have been able to talk him out of the race.